Sunday, February 8, 2015

Great opportunity to learn, earn, and build vital skills

Marion-Polk Food Share is seeking applicants for our Youth Farm Assistant position.


The Youth Farm Assistant oversees daily agricultural operations at the MPFS Youth Farm 40 hours per week during the growing season.  This temporary position supports the Youth Farm program by supervising 15 youth program participants in farm activities; executing planting, irrigation, and harvest schedules; assisting with the delivery of educational programming; and assisting with the management of CSA and farmer's market sales


Areas of responsibility include:

  • Supervise 15-member youth crew and volunteers in daily farm activities. 
  • Assign farm tasks in accordance with planting, irrigation, and harvest calendars as established by Farm Program Manager.
  • Provide youth crew members and volunteers with training necessary to accomplish assigned tasks and constructive feedback to improve skill sets.
  • Evaluate and respond to unforeseen agricultural problems in a timely manner. 
  • Maintain accurate records of farm operations.
  • In collaboration with Farm Program Manager, deliver 10-lesson program curriculum to youth participants.
  •  Submit monthly evaluations of program participants to Farm Program Manager.
  • Oversee operation of market booth at Salem Saturday Market by creating a staffing schedule for harvest and market.
  • Support Farm & Garden team in other Farm & Garden projects as needed. 
Other duties as assigned. 


 To apply:

1. Please head to

 to review the Youth Farm Assistant job description and position details in full. (There you will also find other openings at MPFS.)


2. Fill out the online job application.


3. Submit the job application, resume and cover letter to or deliver or mail materials to Marion-Polk Food Share, 1660 Salem Industrial Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97301. Email applications are preferred.


Start date: May 18, 2015

End date: August 29, 2015

Application review begins on: February 14, 2015


For questions about the position or application process, please call or email Jared Hibbard-Swanson, Farm and Garden Program Manager. 503-581-3855 x339.


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